Youth Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Waukesha is focused on formation and mission opportunities helping to develop both personal and social holiness in our youth (6th-12th grade) and families. Our goal is to help youth to discover and develop their faith identities through the support of a loving congregation that empowers youth to become strong leaders within the congregation and in the local community. We seek to help youth to have a safe place to discover who they are, whose they are and to be equipped and empowered to develop their identities through making a difference in the world around them. As our congregation and community increasingly become more urban and more diverse, both racially and economically, our youth ministry seeks to address the needs of this community and the students and families who are a part of both the congregation and the local urban community. We do this through a variety of ways including mission and service projects, worship, confirmation, Sunday School, and inter-generational studies.
The Youth Group meets weekly on Sunday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. The goal of the group is to give youth the opportunity to practice their skills as disciples. Activities scheduled during this regular meeting include mission work, planning intergenerational studies, participation in worship services, Sunday School lessons and more. Depending on the activity for the week the group may separate into Middle School and Senior High students. Senior High students sometimes take the meeting to a local coffee shop for conversation and tasty treats. For information about what we have scheduled for this week, contact Elizabeth Ross.
Confirmation allows us the opportunity to ask difficult questions about God and the world, search for our voice together as Christians, write the story of our faith journey and explore what it means to be a member of the United Methodist Church. We explore by committing to learn together throughout the year, participating in service projects, serving in worship, and reflecting on the journey through writing and reflection with member of the congregation.
Confirmation is geared toward students in 7th & 8th grade, but is open to older students who have not yet been confirmed but are interested in exploring. Our next class will be confirmed on May 20th, 2018. The next confirmation class will start in September 2017. For more information, contact Elizabeth Ross.
Mission & Service Projects
Many of our students have a heart for mission and social justice. We provide opportunities for students to live out their faith in the world through service projects at organizations like Northcott Neighborhood House, Hebron House of Hospitality, & United Methodist Children Services. Our students have also participated in mission trips/urban immersion trips where they have learned more about issues of poverty and justice in our cities and communities.